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Fighter Incorrectly Identified As An ATT Founder and Team Member In Custody Over Brutal Road Rage Incident in Fla.

By Mike Russell

A Florida-based MMA fighter and former Marine who did three tours in Iraq was arrested and charged with seven criminal counts Monday in Coral Springs Florida in relation to a road rage incident that allegedly occurred yesterday afternoon.

A Sun Sentinal report states that 31-year-old Fernando Rodrigues was taken into custody after allegedly chasing down a motorist after becoming incensed that the driver took too long to go through an intersection. Catching up to the vehicle, which had pulled over so the driver could call the police, Rodrigues is alleged to have pistol whipped and pointed his handgun at the two male occupants of the vehicle before beating and kicking them at gunpoint while they lay on the shoulder of the road. According to the official police report charges against Rodrigues, who runs an American Top Team affiliated gym (and is not the founder of the revered fight camp as incorrectly stated in both the Sun Sentinal and NBC Miami stories today) include armed burglary, assault and battery with a weapon, three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Surprisingly, most of the assault and battery charges pertain not to attacks on the victims with the handgun he possessed at the time, but rather to the assault he inflicted  on the driver and passenger of the other car with his hands and feet, which prosecutors successfully argued with the bail judge should be considered deadly weapons since he is a trained professional mixed martial artist. As a result, the 3-4-1 fighter was denied bail.

Steven Seagal might be soon put on a no-fly list given this dangerous precedent.

We spoke with actual American Top Team co-founder and main academy head coach Ricardo Liborio about the serious case today, and he expressed his dismay and concern over the incident and stressed that, contrary to the erroneous statement made by the prosecutor about his role with ATT, Fernandes does not fight under their banner, nor does he train under him. He is hopeful that although Fernandes’ facility was technically affiliated with his revered gym and the ATT brand, the unfortunate and appalling incident will not reflect poorly on his camp, as it shouldn’t.

“Fernando Rodrigues is NOT a co-founder of American Top Team, nor is he an American Top Team fighter,” Liborio clarified to “He has never fought for or represented American Top  Team. His only involvement is an investor in an affiliated academy in Aventura, Florida.”

Ironically, during a conversation I had with Liborio last week about his ATT family for a piece for an upcoming issue of Fighters Only Magazine,  the longtime trainer detailed how instilling the importance of  honor and camaraderie in the athletes he trains, who he says he considers to be like his sons and daughters, is as important as teaching them how to fight and honing their combat skills.

Sadly, Fernandes never had the opportunity to experience the positive influence Liborio exudes over fighters like Thiago Alves and Jorge Masvidal among others, or we may not be reporting this unfortunate news today.

We’ll have more as the story develops.

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Shaky- March 7, 2012 at 7:04 am
..kinda hard to be surprised when this kinda shit goes down, I mean he was a hired killer..

Some people join the military because they are messed in the head, some leave messed in the head.

Some enter alright and leave alright.

I know in the UK that former military personnel commit more crimes per person than civilians - how do you adjust to normal life after the harrowing shit they've seen or done
ytrebil- March 7, 2012 at 5:01 am
@snoop dog shit

FattyYarborough- March 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm
he was probably mad because his eyes are so close together
Rocky Blunt- March 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm
looks like a retarded channing tatum
Mofo- March 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm
Ohhhh Mike Russell... you couldn't see ANYTHING funny in this? Always so serious and concerned and moral. Smoke a blunt already.
theothermatthughs- March 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm
South Florida has the worst drivers ever. I fantasize about doing this daily
RSparrow- March 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm
It would take a lot to choke that guy out, fuckin bulldog.
snoop dog shit- March 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm
@shitbag-You're incorrect. The saying has always been "once a Marine always a Marine." I don't recollect ever hearing the saying "once a Marine always a... Wait you only did four years? Yeah, nevermind you're an ex-Marine."
CrushCo- March 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm
Is it just me, or does he look like Old Dad with a few extra pounds?
just some dong- March 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm
Someone fucked with the wrong marine.
shitbag- March 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm
@Payday Yea there is. Any discharged marine of any kind is an ex-marine. Anyone who did not finish their entire career in the marines is an ex-marine, like when you sign up and only do 4 years then decide to leave or go to another branch. Those are ex-marines. You do 20 years then retire, you're still a marine. Get it right, fucking blind hero worshipping dumbasses.
Ricardo Guitardo- March 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm
People get so worked up about stuff nowadays. So he flashed a gun and beat up a couple of stiffs. Its not like he robbed a craker barrel or something major like that.
beef_kurtains- March 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm
dude is about 1/4 inch away from needing a monocle. Guessing he didn't need stereo night vision. "One lens will do sir!"

Sempre Fi forever.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- March 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm
steroids and ptsd
Sloppyspray- March 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Semantics really. If he is an owner of an affiliate gym then his actions will reflect upon all of ATT unfortunately.
If I go to the McDonalds down the street run by Joe Schmo and find a rat on the floor, the news is going to blast McDonalds as a whole, not just Joe Schmo owned McDonalds.
Fried Taco- March 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm
He obviously isn't a black belt, because then his hands and feet would already have been registered as deadly weapons.
Payday- March 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm
Thre is no such thing as an "ex" Marine, only inactive duty Marines.

Get it right.